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Monday, August 02, 2004

Weekend Chaos in the Terror-tories

Washington Post: JERUSALEM, July 31 -- Palestinian fighters set fire to two Palestinian Authority buildings in the northern West Bank city of Jenin early Saturday, accusing officials of collaborating with Israel, according to the group's commander.

The attacks were led by Zakaria Zbeida, the leader in Jenin of the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the armed faction affiliated with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's Fatah political movement.

Zbeida and about a half-dozen of his men broke into the office of the newly appointed administrative governor at about 3 a.m., poured gasoline on desks and set offices ablaze while a cameraman from al-Jazeera, the Arab satellite network, filmed the attack. The group then torched the offices of the Palestinian intelligence services.

Washington Post /AP: GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Five masked men broke into a hospital Monday and shot dead a convicted Palestinian collaborator who had been wounded in a grenade attack in his prison cell just hours earlier [the second such killing in a hospital in a day]

After the shooting, police questioned one of the suspected gunmen who claimed to be a relative of the victim avenging the shame the collaborator had brought to his family, police said. It was not clear if the gunman was arrested, and the fate of his four accomplices was not known.

Assassinations like that of Mahmoud al Sharef, accused of helping Israel, are relatively common.